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May 10, 2023

Unique venues in London: a list

Shopping in a renovated car park. Crazy golf at night. Dinner for two on a boat (or a dungeon, if you’re into that). Virtual reality and cocktails.

London is home to the weird, the wonderful, and the quirky. There’s no end to the unique venues in London.

Luckily we’ve sorted through it all so you don’t have to. Introducing unique venues in London you can’t miss.

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1. A venue so unique, you didn't even know it was a venue: Wellington Arch

Hyde Park Corner

Ever wanted to host an event in an iconic landmark? This one is for you.

Wellington Arch (also known as Constitution Arch to the boot averse) is a spectacular parabolic building that grants sweeping views down Constitution Hill to Buckingham Palace to the East and the green grass of Hyde Park stretching to the West. Few other venues rival Wellington Arch for unique architecture, location and providence.

The events space is uniquely situated in the Arch itself, and up to 80 guests can celebrate in elegance, with room for 36 diners. With two floors open for events, these spaces are accessible by lifts.

Impress your guests with two viewing galleries that look over Buckingham Palace Gardens and Westminster. Enjoy your event surrounded by historic charm.

With the coronation just around the corner where better to celebrate than looking over London.

2. A unique venue thats not just for cricket lovers: The Dutchy Suit at The Oval


The Oval is more than just a historic cricket ground, it is also a versatile space for hosting impressive events.

The Dutchy Suite offers a conference and dining space for up to 650 people. Its theatre-style facility lends itself to presenting to a large group. Use the pavilion as a breakout space or for more intimate meetings. Alongside a cloakroom, guests can find a private balcony and a well-stocked bar for a luxury experience. A Q&A with players is also available as is gourmet food cooked by a Michelin star chef.

With its high ceilings, natural light and access to two private terraces, The Oval offers a grand backdrop for your event so enquire now to book.

3. A totally unique bus ride through London: Bustronome London


Think of the average bus ride through London. Chances are, you've invoked a flurry of windows dampened with perspiration, bags occupying seats and psychopathic commuters playing music out of their phone - headphones nowhere in sight. Scary stuff.

Bustronome (a valiant attempt to combine the word Gastronome and Bus, so far as we can tell) reinvents the wheel, so to speak. Combining multi-passenger transport with fine dining, this quirky London venue can ferry 38 diners across London, granting vistas of iconic spots along the way. For 2-3 hours you'll experience British cuisine, heightened by French techniques; expect fresh, seasonal produce cooked well and paired with well-chosen wines.

Other aspects include multi-lingual audio pens that paint a historic context to each location, a transparent upper deck to take in the inky-orange glow of London's night sky, and at no point will you have to squeeze through limbs and torsos, desperately trying to reach the doors before they shut.

4. A unique trip to the movies: Everyman Broadgate


If your looking for a different night out, head to Finsbury’s Everyman Broadgate.

With its art-deco interiors and comfy sofa-style seating, this upscale cinema lets you watch the latest films on the big screen in style. Mix the cosiness of your own living room with the comfort of bar service to enjoy a unique and luxurious night out at the movies.

Order drinks, hot food and snacks to your seats to enjoy during the film. Whether you're a thrill chaser, a hopeless romantic or a horror lover (you people scare me), The Everyman Broadgate has 25 seats per screen.

Try a new way to view with plenty of legroom.

5. A star-studded unique venue in London: Party and World Stage, Madame Tussauds


How does dinner with the stars sound?

With ample space, chandeliers, bright lights and enough dining tables to seat up to 360 guests, Madame Tussauds Party and World Stage invite you to dine with the stars (almost).

Feel like an A-lister at this unique venue in London – it's just minutes from Baker Street station.

Soup with Shakespeare? Brisket with Beyoncé? Cocktails with Clooney? It’s your call.

6. An iconic venue in Camden: The Roundhouse


The Doors, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, The Stranglers, Patti Smith, Adele, and James Brown.

The Roundhouse has seen more iconic rock acts than most rehab centres. The old railway building has redefined itself, and modern arts performances, over the last 150 years to become a mainstay of the contemporary British cultural circuit.

What a lot of people don't know is that the Roundhouse also offers private hire to those wanting a truly unique event in London. With space for 1800 guests, the Camden icon can facilitate dinners, dances, networking events and just bout everything else. The in-house team and state-of-the-art technology contribute towards a seamless sense of presentation, whilst the Grade II listed building provides an extra sense of something special.

7. A unique screening room: Curzon Aldgate


Located in the vibrant East End, Curzon Aldgate is a stylish venue that focuses on screening independent films.

This venue offers 4 high-quality screens that are fully equipped for a luxury viewing experience. Reclining seats ensure maximum comfort as do the in-screen bars. Guests can enjoy the 1940s open-plan bar with space for 80 which is stocked with a full drinks list. An additional bonus is that you can request films if your preferred choice isn't available at Curzon.

For more screening, check out its sister venue located in Bloomsbury.

8. Visit this London venue for an experience that’s Cirque du So…unique: CIRCUS Bar and Restaurant


Tucked away on a street in Covent Garden are CIRCUS, a bar, and restaurant bringing something extra to your regular night out.

Not one for the minimalists, this venue is all about the theatrical and the dramatic. Watch circus performers, fire breathers, contortionists, aerialists, and hula-hoopers perform the best tricks, while you dine and drink.

Onto the food – with dishes like prawn tempura, gyoza and Thai beef salad, you can travel the world while you’re transported to the Cirque (metaphorically, at least).

Just try not to get distracted and spill your drink.

9. Get back to nature at this unique London venue: The Yurt, Spitalfields City Farm


Nestled in Spitalfields City Farm (which also happens to be within a short walk from Brick Lane), is The Yurt.

Filling the much-needed nature gap that sometimes feels amiss in City Slicker Central (disclaimer: the writer is a Londoner), this unique venue feels like the place to host a summer party, a workshop or a wellness retreat (crystals optional).

With space for up to 20 people, it’s best for smaller events. Super busy people, don’t fear – there is broadband, electricity and a wood burner all on hand.

Deep breath in…

10. Welcome to this unique London venue: Loveshack


“If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says / Fifteen miles to the…”

Coffee shop. Juice bar. Yoga space. Commercial kitchen. Cocktail bar. Impromptu photo studio. In what looks like it was lifted from a Love Island set (think lawn chairs, random tables, makeshift hammocks and signs), is the multi-use East London venue Loveshack.

Before you start singing, this venue has space for up to 150 guests. Dine, drink, and host a film night or a birthday party.

11. A unique London venue that would make the Bard proud: Sarastro


“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun.”

The anticipation. The nail-biting suspense. The thrill. The joy. The intensity. You can’t beat a good play.

Right on Drury Lane, is the whimsical world of Sarastro, who have tapped into that power of performance with their unique venue in Holborn. With dramatic interiors, hidden rooms and a grand dining room on each level, it certainly feels like you’ve been dropped in a Shakespeare play.

After all the entire world is a stage. Time to enter stage right.

12. A unique venue at one of London's most iconic football stadiums: East Quarter Level Three, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium


It doesn’t have to be matchday for you to visit one of London’s most iconic stadiums. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, home of the Spurs, is available for private hire.

With 15 different event spaces, the venue is equipped to handle any occasion, whether it’s a business convention or a wedding. The East Quarter Level Three is the largest space with a capacity to hold a 1000 guests. The space has a breathtaking view of the stadium and also offers access to the restaurant spaces Hakusha, Espuela, Terracotta and the Loge Suite areas.

No matter your team, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose where to host your next event.

13. A quirky venue in London: Museum of Brands


This is most certainly a unique venue in London. Museum of Brands in Notting Hill examines the history of consumerism from Victorian times to the 21st century today.

Just a short journey from Latimer Road station, the Museum of Brands presents the hundreds of years of consumer culture, and how that has shaped society and lifestyle throughout history up until today.

There are a variety of spaces, exhibitions and trails to follow, providing an interesting aspect of history like no other. This different perspective certainly makes this a unique venue in London, not to mention a unique museum.

Venue hire is available if you're looking for a quirky space to host something special. From corporate meetings to birthday celebrations, the Museum of Brands welcomes any event.

14. A unique venue for the best entertainment: Indigo at the O₂


The Indigo at the O₂ is a unique venue in London, where you experience some of the best entertainment in London.

This is a venue which has it all. Whether corporate or private, any event can be made your own. For up to 540 guests, seated and catered for, you can host any function. Not to mention, you can host a conference event for up to 1000 delegates.

The Indigo can seat up to 2800 alongside 1800 standing and has been home to many great events, hosting some big names recognised globally. To make an experience even more special, you can book a VIP room for up to 350 people.

Just head to North Greenwich station and you're there.

15. A unique and immersive experience in London: Electric Gamebox


Electric Gamebox, is an immersive digital space just around the corner from Southwark Station.

This Electric Gamebox venue comes with motion and touch-censored walls and hats so that any game can be played, just take a look at their new Squid Game special.

Compete with and against your friends and folks, and complete a series of challenges so that you come out on top. You can enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks whilst you're at it.

This venue does private hiring for up to 6 people.

16. A unique venue for the Harry Potter fans out there: The Warner Bros Studio Tour


Just a short walk from King's Langley station in Watford, The Warner Bros Studio Tour awaits.

This is a unique venue for all the Harry Potter fans out there, looking to immerse themselves in a wizarding world.

Whether you choose to step onto the Hogwarts Express at platform 9¾ or into Professor Sprout's Greenhouse, you will embark on a unique adventure. This immersive and famous studio is home to one of the greatest film and production sites in the world, and even in history.

So if you're looking for a quirky day out in London, consider The Warner Bros Studio Tour.

17. A grand venue in London: East Wintergarden


Elevated 27 metres high, this arched glass building, is certainly impressive and grand.

Just around the corner from Canary Wharf station, East Wintergarden is home to unique events. This distinctive dome in East London provides captivating views of London's cityscape and the River Thames. Welcoming events of all shapes and sizes, there are many unique spaces to hire, to host the next big thing.

East Wintergarden has partnered with 6 of London's leading caterers, so that you can create your own bespoke visit, with a variety of food and drinks on offer. From Asian cuisine to Kosher dishes, there is something for everyone here.

18. A Grade II listed music venue in London: Troxy


This Grade II listed venue in London is a unique Art Deco music space in the heart of East London.

Just around the corner from Limehouse station, this old 1930's cinema was transformed into Troxy in 2006 and has since become a music hotspot, hosting a variety of creative events.

Troxy welcomes private hire, from corporate to private you can make the space yours for the evening. their team will help you every step of the way, from organising an event theme to accommodation after the event.

Whether your event is large or small, it doesn't matter, Troxy will provide the best service.

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Unique events start with a brilliant venue. You’ve got to think outside the box to find a spot that will deliver your brand messages, inspire your guests and stick in your attendees’ memories. When it comes to quirky venues, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got the best unusual venue hire London has to offer. A secret bar in a disused underground station? A hidden masonic temple lost to time in a quirky London hotel? A breaking bad themed cocktail bar with molecular mixology that’ll tantalise your tastebuds? We’ve got lots of fantastic spaces waiting to be discovered.

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Frequently asked questions

For unique venues in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Nightjar – A speakeasy, with live music and exclusive signature drinks? It's all at Nightjar.

Simmons – With quirky decorations, a heated outside area and a 200-guest capacity, Simmons is one of the most popular unique venues in London (and for good reason).

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a unique venue or a private space in a unique venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a London unique venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best unique venues in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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